From Raw Foods for Busy People 2: Green Magic, 2nd edition
by Jordan Maerin
Raw foods can be a powerful tool for healing, but whether a person is interested in raw foods, and whether or not they work, depends on a myriad of holistic factors – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, astral… In short, it’s a personal thing.
Not everyone feels better when they eat raw foods. For some people, this depends on the kind of raw foods they’re eating (too many sweet fruits and nuts, for instance), but for others, raw foods simply don’t work. And for still others, raw foods seem to work off and on, or only in moderation. Why is this? If hundreds of thousands of people the world over have used raw foods to heal from serious illnesses, why don’t they work for everyone?
This question reflects “magic pill” thinking in a culture where a scientific, mechanistic view of the body is prevalent. This paradigm tempts us to believe that there must be one and only one cure for each type of “disease”, or even one single cure for all diseases. To look beyond the mechanistic view is to question our definitions of illnesses and cures – and of health.
In the scientific tradition, “perfect” health is a static and measurable standard that we should all be trying to achieve, and this implies that we should all be the same. We should all have the same blood pressure, the same functionality, the same test results of every kind. We are all judged (and judge ourselves) against a litmus test of physical/chemical perfection. Not only does this belief create diseases where there are none (your test results say you are diseased/different even though you feel well), but it also keeps us from honoring the meaning and purpose that “illnesses” have in our lives.
The first step to healing and change (whether or not your “disease” goes away) is to accept your own story, your own path and uniqueness. Your body/mind/spirit won’t function like anyone else’s, and the tools of your healing won’t be like anyone else’s.
“Healing/health, the Wise Woman way, is concerned with the story: the person’s story, the family’s tale, the community’s fable, the planet’s myth.” -Susun S. WeedIn his book, Detoxification and Healing, Dr. Sydney MacDonald Baker compares the process of healing to the creative process:
Imagine that you have a blank canvas before you. At first, you paint with abandon, expressing the raw vision. Then you step back and survey what you’ve created. You notice something not right, and you fix it. Then you notice something else not right, and you fix that. And on and on, until everything is right in that moment. Now, the project (the phase, the goal, the current healing challenge) is complete and you can rest… until the fires of creativity burst forth again in the next cycle.
The point of the metaphor is this: the signal that there is something that needs to be changed or “fixed” and the awareness of how to change it are all coming from inside of you. You are the artist of your own life!
It is the light of your consciousness, like the beam of a flashlight in the dark, that tells you what to focus on and which step to take next. You can give that part of you free rein – that part that is the very essence of your uniqueness, the part that already knows your path and insists that you walk it.
“Imagine the light of your eyes creating a world second by second as you travel life’s path; what would you choose to see?” – Peter RagnarThe light of your consciousness has led you to this book, so raw foods may be an effective tool for you. In this, you have strayed from our society’s norms – you have honored your own light. You can now find a raw food community/forum/author and accept its norms, and doing this can be an effective way to focus the mind on healing. However, to obey a norm when it doesn’t work for you, or stops working for you, or when it requires you to ignore your other multi-dimensional needs, is to become dogmatic, and this is to deny that health and happiness are dynamic, creative and unique to each individual.
I’m a recovering perfectionist as well as a recovering Catholic. It’s an old habit of mine to accept one standard/dogma of perfection after another and challenge myself to reach it (the more unreachable the better), and I am accustomed to feeling guilty – it’s like the air I breathe. But can raw foods really work for me as a tool of healing if staying on a raw food diet stresses me out, or if I’m using it to punish myself for every guilty pleasure I’ve ever enjoyed? If I focus on “toxins” rather than on nourishment, am I living in fear and guilt rather than in love?
Healing is a personal and multi-dimensional activity: Am I loved? Am I nourishing every part of myself? Am I creating a meaningful life? Do I look forward to the future? Only the light of your unique consciousness can steer you in the right direction at any given moment, according to your particular needs in the context of your personal story.
I spoke to a woman on the phone who had struggled with a 100% raw food diet for a couple of years, and she was still ill. She had recently been to a raw food healing retreat, and the woman who counseled her suggested she eat some cooked vegetables, in order to find a workable balance. The woman refused, and she remained ill. At the end of our talk, she sighed and came to a realization: “Maybe I need to be more committed to health than I am to raw food.” “YES!”
Are raw foods healing? They can be – dramatically for some people – but only if raw foods are honestly a part of your (ever-changing, twisting and turning) path; if you can focus on nourishment and be grateful to God and Mother Nature for the miracles of life they contain, which no scientist can duplicate; and if you can be more committed to health than to raw foods, always.
If you follow the light of your consciousness with a sense of wonder and self-love, it will never lead you astray.
“Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life… This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone…” – Victor Frankl
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